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Mon., March 2, 2009, 9:01 a.m.

A lot can happen for WSU this week


Looking at the comments from our previous post, we can see the complexity of the Pac-10's tie-breaking rules tripped up a lot of people. That's one reason we said we'd wait until things cleared up a little bit. But here is a pertinent fact: WSU really needs a win over Washington. That would help immensely. But even a 9-9 record won't guarantee anything, if Arizona and USC win twice. That would make UA fifth and USC sixth, winner in the head-to-head-tiebreaker with WSU. Other than that, there are many possibilities, but a lot of them revolve around defeating the Huskies in Seattle. On UW's Senior Day. With the Huskies playing for sole possession of the Pac-10 title. That's a tough task. For other items on this Monday, read on.

UPDATE: Just thought I would pass on the link to the latest rankings because, if you look at the bottom of the Associated Press, under the others receiving votes, you'll see WSU with 4 points. That would put them at 37th as far as I can tell.

• We'll start in Eugene, where the Ducks showed a tenacity usually not seen in teams with 20 losses, rallying from down 14 points with a 19-0 run in a 79-69 win at Mac Court. The OSU loss helps WSU as they try for the best seed possible in the Pac-10 tournament. ... The Oregonian looks at the tiebreaking possibilities, with one small mistake. The Trojans swept WSU, winning by two in Pullman and by a bunch in LA. The Oregonian listed it as a split. ... Can the Cougars, or the Trojans or Beavers sweep the Pac-10 tourney and win the automatic NCAA berth? Don't bet on it, says Buster Sports' Nick Daschel. ... UW is getting its nonconference schedule for next year together, and will host an AIA tournament. Don't expect the Cougars' schedule until sometime in the late summer.

• One thing I haven't mastered in HTML is tabbing, so I'm going to list the Pac-10 standings, with the school, the Pac-10 record and the overall record.

1. Washington … 13-4 … 22-7

2. UCLA … 11-5 …22-7

3. Arizona State … 10-6 … 21-7

4. Cal … 10-6 … 21-8

5. Arizona … 8-8 … 18-11

6. WSU … 8-9 … 16-13

7. USC … 7-9 … 16-12

8. Oregon State … 7-9 … 13-14

9. Stanford … 5-11 … 16-11

10. Oregon … 2-14 … 8-20


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back as events warrant. Just wanted to remind you agan, with the Cougars not playing until Saturday, some of the usual events of the week, like coach Tony Bennett's press conference, have been moved back a day. Our schedule changes accordingly. Until later …

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